About the time that Gaston Lachaise drew this portrait sketch of Harold Hart Crane dancing, the poet wrote to a friend, “I’m the acknowledged crack dancer everywhere now, and was even in danger for a while of having to pose quite nude for Lachaise, which would have been rather tiresome I imagine.” Lachaise befriended the writer in 1923 when both were contributing to the avant-garde arts journal The Dial. Although the portrait resembles Crane, with his heavy brow, full lips, and brushed-back hair, the idealized figure also suggests the inspiration of ancient Greek sculptures of male youths. Harassed as a homosexual and addicted to alcohol, Crane battled depression throughout his life and died in 1932 after jumping off a ship. But his friends had always enjoyed the exuberant, fun-loving side of Crane’s personality that Lachaise’s drawing evokes. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Lachaise Foundation.